Legislative Issues


tHE 2019 lEGISLATIVE SESSION CONVENED ON JANUARY 9, 2019

Through legislative and state government initiatives, BIAC works to improve the quality of life for people living with brain injuries while supporting initiatives to help prevent brain injuries from occurring. Information about current legislative efforts will be posted as it is available below.  The content may change or be updated as we gather new information. Go to the Archives for information on previous sessions.

HB 7140: AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING SEAT BELTS, MOTORCYCLE HELMETS, THE OPERATION LIFESAVER PROGRAM, MAINTENANCE VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTATION STATUTESURGENT NOTICE REGARDING A PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING IN HARTFORD CONCERNING A PROPOSED BILL REGARDING A UNIVERSAL MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW FOR CT.  The Brain Injury Alliance of CT has joined efforts with a state-wide coalition committed to advocating for the introduction and passing of state legislation for full, mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Research consistently shows that full head protection saves lives as well as minimizes any potential injury to the brain during a motorcycle crash. The Department of Transportation is proposing a bill that would mandate the use of a motorcycle helmet for all motorcycle riders and passengers in the state of Connecticut. The Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capital Avenue, Hartford, CT. The hearing is beginning at 10:30 A.M. but they are expecting a large turnout from both sides, so it is highly encouraged to plan to arrive by 8:00 A.M. if you wish to park in the garage for the Legislative Office Building. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.The proposed bill will also address legislation to expand mandatory seat belt use in CT to all passengers, including those in the back seat - regardless of age.

HB 7004:  AN ACT CONCERNING CONCUSSION EDUCATION FOR COACHES OF CERTAIN YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES. To require youth coaches of youth athletic activities conducted on fields, courts and recreational areas owned, operated or managed by municipalities to annually view an informational video regarding concussions.  BIAC Opposes.  BIAC Testimony.

 

BIAC is concerned with issues that remain significant barriers to individuals with disabilities in Connecticut.  To this end, we oppose legislation that negatively impacts individuals with disabilities and those who have low income.

Brain injuries are not just a medical issue. A brain injury can affect every aspect of a person's life (e.g., legal, education, employment, social and family relationships, emotional health, and mobility). Connecticut continues to lag behind many states in its services for individuals with brain injuries.  For these reasons, we support legislation which would increase the opportunities for individuals to be able to remain in their own communities, have access to transportation, housing and receive the services they need.

If you have any questions regarding any of these issues, please contact BIAC at 860-219-0291 or jpeters@biact.org

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